Safe Food Mela was hosted by prominent organic outlets, organic farmer groups, safe food campaigners at Semmozhi Poonga (formerly known as Woodlands Drive-in), Chennai on 24 June 2012. The aim of the mela was to create awareness on Chennai_Safe_Food_Mela_Pesticide_Free_1

  • uses of organic foods including fresh greens, vegetables, fruits.
  • availability of traditional rice, millets.
  • kitchen, terrace, urban gardening.
  • pesticides used in our food and the side effects caused.
  • Genetically Modified foods.

Some of the Safe Food campaigners are: India for Safe Food, Safe Food Alliance, ASHA (Alliance for Sustainable & Holistic Agriculture).

Here are some photographs of the Safe Food Mela.

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Thakkali Thokku/Spicy Tomato Spread

by Kamala on April 27, 2012

Thakkali_Thokku_Spicy_Tomato_Spread_1Thakkali Thokku is a typical Indian pickle/chutney/spread. It goes well with rice, roti, idli, dosa, bread and so on. As a spread this suits to all Indian food as a side dish. I prepare this mostly when tomatoes are available at lesser price during the season. This can be preserved in refrigerator for 2 to 3 weeks. Without refrigeration this has to be consumed within a week.

Tomato is known as Thakkali (தக்காளி) in Tamil.


  • Tomato (sour variety) – 12 no
  • Green chilli – 15 no (adjust as per need)
  • Asafetida powder – half teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – quarter teaspoon
  • Tamarind paste – quarter teaspoon
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoon
  • Pickle powder – 1 tablespoon (one teaspoon fenugreek, half teaspoon each of cumin and mustard; all roasted and powdered)
  • Salt – as per need
  • For seasoning
    • Mustard – 1 teaspoon
    • Curry leaves – few
    • Sesame oil – 5 tablespoon

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Colorful Mixed Fruit Custard

by Kamala on March 31, 2012

Colorful_Mixed_Fruit_Custard_1Custard is a simple, easy to prepare dessert. The fruit custard is a less-fat, milk based healthy dessert. It tastes divine in summer, as it is chilled and served. Everyone including children likes this custard.

As custard powder is readily available in market in different flavors, it can be prepared easily at home at short notice. Other ingredients like milk, sugar and fruits (better to use seasonal fruits) are generally available at home.


  • Milk – 500 ml
  • Sugar – 4 tablespoon or as per need
  • Custard powder – 3 tablespoon
  • Chopped pistachio – 1 tablespoon
  • Chopped apple – half cup
  • Pomegranate – half cup
  • Chopped papaya – half cup
  • Chopped water melon – 2 tablespoon
  • Seedless black grapes – 20 to 25 no
  • Banana (ripe) – 1 no

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Rajasthan Delicacy: Gatte Ki Kadhi

March 30, 2012

Gatte Ki Kadhi is a wonderful side dish. This dish comes very handy when there is sudden shortage of vegetables. Curd, gram flour and spices are used to prepare this colourful kadhi. This Rajastani delicacy suits well with rice or chapati. Though the list of ingredients is long, all the ingredients are generally available at […]

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Aam ka Achar – North Indian Green Mango Pickle/Maangai Oorukai

March 29, 2012

Pickle is a necessary side dish in all the Indian meals. Indian Cuisine is very famous for its spicy hot pickles with variety of vegetables. These pickles differ in taste from region to region with unique taste and flavor. South Indian pickle tastes very different from a north Indian pickle. Every summer almost all homes […]

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Spicy Cauliflower and Potato (Aloo Gobi) Fry

March 9, 2012

Cauliflower and potato are the best combo to make a side dish more popular among guests. Here is Spicy Cauliflower and Potato (Aloo Gobi) Fry, a different stir fry to match as a side dish to all Indian food. Cauliflower is known as ‘phool gobi’ and potato is known as ‘aloo’ in Hindi. I used […]

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Boiled Sweet Potato (Sarkarai Valli Kizhangu)

March 1, 2012

Sweet potato is a starchy, sweet root vegetable used in many cuisines. The sweet potato looks pink outside and slightly yellow/white inside. It contains beta carotene and some minerals. Sweet potato can be boiled and served as snack. As it tastes sweet, children like it very much. Sweet potato is known as ‘Sarkarai Valli Kizhangu’ […]

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Tata Motors to Use Cornstarch to Improve Car Safety

February 29, 2012

We know that corn can be used to produce automobile fuel ethanol. Now Tata Motors, India’s largest automobile producer is working on using cornstarch to make car body parts to improve safety of the vehicle. They have found that cornstarch can increase the crash resistance of cars. This can save the occupants of the car […]

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Eggless Orange, Raisin and Pistachio Cake

February 28, 2012

Cakes taste better when we add fruits. Fresh fruits make the cake softer and flavorful. Here I baked Eggless Orange Raisin and Pistachio Cake with fresh orange juice and orange zest. This orange cake was so soft and every member of my family loved it very much. I used a fresh orange to extract juice […]

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Maravalli/Kappa Kizhangu Adai (Tapioca Pancake)

February 27, 2012

Tapioca pancake is easy to make as the ingredients needed are normally available at home. Tapioca is called as Kappa Kizhangu (கப்ப கிழங்கு) or Maravalli Kizhangu (மரவள்ளி கிழங்கு) in Tamil. I used grated tapioca in this pancake. You can easily wash, peel the skin and grate tapioca as shown below:    Ingredients Skin peeled and […]

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